The endothelial glycocalyx is the protective non-stick lining of your veins and arteries that inhibits cholesterol and other particles from adhering to or penetrating the endothelial wall. It is a delicate structure that can be damaged under many conditions, such as high blood glucose, oxidative stress, and inflammation. When taken daily, arterosil HP delivers the building blocks necessary to help strengthen the artery wall’s protective barrier and may help support healthy circulation, skin, and sexual function.
Click here or call our office today to schedule an appointment or telehealth visit with one of our providers to see if this supplement could benefit you!

Feeling Stressed? Consider Autonomic Nervous System Testing

As we continue to make our way through the Coronavirus pandemic we are hearing from many of our guests that they feel their levels of stress and anxiety has increased.  You may know that long periods of stress and anxiety can leave you feeling tired and worn out, but did you know that it can have serious long-term effects on your health?

Because the “fight or flight” response that is manifested through stress and anxiety is so powerful, it can cause your body to react in extreme ways. Typically, patients who are exhibiting symptoms of long-term, chronic stress will often complain of:

  • Headaches
  • Low energy
  • Upset stomach, including diarrhea or constipation
  • Chest pain
  • Insomnia
  • Loss of sexual desire

A powerful side effect of stress and anxiety can be a break down of the body’s immune system. Something none of us need as we work to avoid COVID-19. 

One test that can help us get a look into a guest’s nervous system Autonomic Nervous System Test or ANS. There’s a lot to know about this test, and we’ve provided a pretty comprehensive look at it on our website where we answer questions like:

What is the Autonomic Nervous System?

The ANS is comprised of the nerves that control the function of the internal organs including our heart, intestines, stomach, bladder, sexual organs, and sweat glands. The ANS plays an essential role in keeping the body’s internal environment optimal via monitoring and maintaining proper temperature, electrolyte balance, blood glucose, blood oxygen concentration, blood carbon dioxide concentration, pH, blood pressure, heart rate, and respiratory rate to name a few. As you can see, the nervous system is complex and the ANS plays a huge role in keeping us alive and healthy.

What is an ANS Test?

An ANS test is a simple, painless, and essentially effortless test that we perform in our office. This test consists of having you sit down and place your feet on metal plate. There is also a component where you have your blood pressure monitored. Your heart rate and vascular health can easily be assessed with a pulse ox device on your finger while you perform different breathing patterns. It takes less than 15 minutes and is painless and non-invasive while providing us with important information.

Why is an ANS Performed?

We perform ANS testing because of the vast amount of information it gives us. ANS testing looks at ANS activity, mental stress, vascular health, insulin resistance, and sudomotor function. We get individual scores for each of these components of the ANS and are then able to assess these areas individually. ANS testing allows us to identify areas of the ANS that could be improved on and help you optimize your health.

What Are the Benefits of an ANS Test?

The main benefit of this test is the early detection of ANS diseases, damage, and dysfunction. Since the ANS is not a system that is easily observed, early detection of dysfunction can enable medical providers to help you make changes in your life to prevent disease or early death. Every disease state affects the ANS in some way and this testing helps us identify early, subtle signs of disease.

How Often Should I Get an ANS Test?

Generally, we recommend having an ANS test performed once per year, usually during your Complete Health Assessment prior to your annual. There are some circumstances where the frequency of ANS testing is increased and if necessary, your provider will discuss this with you.

How Much Does an ANS Test Cost?

Here at the Wright Center for Woman’s Health, we bill your insurance for the cost of the ANS test. Since we see so much value in this test and the powerful information we receive, we make the ANS test available to all of our guests at no out of pocket cost to them.

2020 EOS Virtual Conference

Doing our part with social distancing, Dr. Wright and Chas are attending their first ever virtual conference. They were originally to be in Indianapolis, Indiana for the 2020 EOS Conference until Shelter in Place orders changed things. EOS stands for Entrepreneurial Operating System. This is a business model with a complete set of simple business tools and proven business processes to align and synchronize all the pieces of our business to produce the results we want to make sure we’re giving you the best experience. 

We are very fortunate to be able to attend this conference reinforcing what we’re already doing. Experience this holistic business model. Click here or call 630-687-9595 to schedule an appointment. 

We love learning how to be better. We look forward to sharing our better with you. 

Methyl Factors Plus

Methylation is a biochemical process that impacts the body’s ability to regulate cardiovascular, neurological, reproductive, and detoxification systems. Unfortunately, the nutrients needed for the methylation process are nearly impossible to get from the average American diet, mainly due to the abundance of processed foods and the loss of nutrients in our soil.
When taken daily, METHYL FACTORS+ provides five essential methylation nutrients—methylfolate (5-MTHF), active B6, active B2, active methyl B12, and betaine—in their most bioavailable forms. One of methylation’s most important roles in the body is keeping homocysteine levels in check. Homocysteine is a common amino acid in your blood. Maintaining a desirable level of homocysteine is one of the leading biomarkers for the maintenance of good cardiovascular health. Preventing an undesirable homocysteine level is also associated with the maintenance of bone, female reproductive, cognitive, and neurological health.
Click here or call our office today to schedule an appointment or telehealth visit with one of our providers to see if this supplement could benefit you!

Should You Keep Your Regular Doctors Appointments During the Coronavirus Pandemic?

As we continue to navigate our way through the Coronavirus pandemic we’re often asked about whether our guests should continue to keep their regularly scheduled doctor appointments.

The short answer is yes. However, like everything else these days, the longer answer is a little more complicated. 

We absolutely want all our guests to continue to make and keep their regularly scheduled appointments and we want you to know that we are taking every precaution to keep guests safe when they visit The Wright Center. 

You can view those precautions in our COVID-19 FAQs. 

As you plan your next appointment we would like for you to consider beginning it as a telehealth visit. Our providers will perform an initial consultation via phone and bill the visit to your medical insurance, just like a standard in-person visit to our office. From there, we will determine after talking with you if you need to visit the office for an in-person appointment. 

Whether you need to travel to our office will be determined by a number of factors including the nature of the visit, the immediate need to see the doctor in person, and your personal exposure to those with Coronavirus, if any. 

We truly hope to be able to see all of our guests in person very soon. We miss seeing you.

But in the meantime know that all of us at The Wright Center are working hard every day to ensure the safety of our guests and each other. To schedule your next visit call us at (630) 687-9595 or complete our Request an Appointment form. 

Exceptional Staff Member of the Month!

Our Exceptional Staff Member of the month is Amanda! We asked the staff, “What is something that stands out about Amanda?” Here is what the staff said:

  • She is always on top of her work and puts the guests first!
  • Amanda has been helpful in so many ways!!
  • Amanda is always ready to help and will tackle anything!
  • She is extremely smart especially in handling guests!
  • Amanda is positive and bubbly! She is always keeping guests’ needs in mind. Her hospitality is unparalleled!!!
  • Amanda is great at helping out with anything!
  • Amanda is very knowledgeable in her role and always willing to help staff and guests alike. Amanda rocks!
  • Amanda is always going above and beyond to improve our internal processes and ultimately, improve guest experiences!
  • Amanda is always one step ahead and on top of it!
  • I absolutely love me some Amanda! I just love the way she moves. She takes ownership of what she’s working on. I always go to her when I want to make sure that something gets done. She also has a nice style and flare with her dress and on the gifts we hand out in the office. We are very fortunate to have her!
  • Amanda spent a huge amount of time and energy to prepare for her vacation. It allowed the practice to continue running smoothly in her absence

Click here or call our office today to schedule an appointment and meet all of our exceptional staff members!

ADK 5 & 10

ADK combines vitamin K2, A, and D3, and features the most bioavailable and bioactive forms of vitamin D3 available. This kind of vitamin D3 is the identical form that is derived in the body from cholesterol and synthesized by sunlight on the skin. Studies have confirmed the safety and efficacy of vitamin D for bone, immune, and heart health.
Osteocalcin is a protein that assists with remodeling our bones by both reabsorbing older bone and laying down new healthy bone. Vitamin D3, the “sunshine vitamin,” is vital in producing osteocalcin. However, D3 needs help from vitamin K2, a cofactor that is essential to the bone-strengthening process. Vitamin A supports these two vitamins, as well as the immune system and a healthy heart.

When taken daily, ADK 5 and 10 promotes the positive effects of bioidentical hormone replacement therapy and may help maintain normal bone strength.

Click here or call our office today to schedule an appointment or telehealth visit with one of our providers to see if this supplement could benefit you!

How Does COVID-19 Affect Pregnant Women and New Moms?

Our Women’s Health Nurse Practioner, Emilie, recently reviewed the recommendations from the American College of Obstetricians & Gynecologists and Center for Disease Control regarding COVID-19 and pregnancy. She recently took the time to sit down and answer some of the most frequently asked questions we’ve heard. 

By now, we know COVID-19 is a respiratory illness caused by Coronavirus, with symptoms appearing as shortness of breath, fever, and a cough. There are some stomach problems that can appear, but the main symptoms are shortness of breath, fever, and cough.

One of the questions we’ve heard a lot is “Do pregnant women have a higher risk of becoming infected with COVID-19?” The CDC and ACOG say that pregnant women don’t have a more severe chance than the general public to contract COVID-19, but there’s still a lot of research that still needs to be done.

ACOG, the CDC and the Wright Center for Women’s Health all recommend pregnant patients take the same standard precautions as others, such as: 

  • Washing their hands
  • Wearing a cloth mask when out in public
  • Staying home as much as possible
  • Staying away from sick individuals
  • Taking prenatal vitamins

Can COVID Affect a Fetus? 

There is nothing to suggest that COVID-19 can be vertically transferred to the baby when they’re still in the womb. There have been some pre-term births associated with moms who tested positive for COVID-19, but it’s not likely that COVID has been transferred to the baby during pregnancy. 

Will COVID-19 Affect My Prenatal Care & Postpartum Visits?

Depending on where you get prenatal care, the care may differ. However, The Wright Center For Women’s health is still open for essential visits and prenatal care. We are offering telehealth visits for patients, so they don’t even have to leave their homes. We suggest contacting your healthcare provider and ensuring their plans for prenatal care and postpartum visits. 

Will This Affect The Labor & Delivery Policy? 

The labor and delivery policy will vary depending on where you’re planning to give birth. At The Wright Center For Women’s Health, we suggest reaching out to your desired facility as close to the due date as possible for the latest information as far as the visitor policy goes. The policies are everchanging during this time, so it’s important to reach out to them as soon as you can before your baby arrives so you have the latest information.

I Think I Have COVID-19 & I’m Pregnant…What Do I Do? 

If you believe you have COVID-19 or Coronavirus, call your healthcare provider, or call us as soon as possible. Our center offers telehealth visits and we can triage you before you come in. Our team will have everything set up for you before you arrive, have a test ready for you, and we can help you out.

However, if you have an emergency, difficulty breathing, or shortness of breath,  please call 9-1-1 and seek help right away. 

Should I Change My Labor & Delivery Plans? 

The labor and delivery policies at hospitals are constantly changing. We suggest reaching out to the desired facility about their labor and delivery rules. As of right now, there is no consensus about which method of delivery – vaginal or cesarean section is safest for women who have been diagnosed with COVID-19, we suggest sticking to your desired birth plan to welcome your little one. 

Is A Home Birth Safer For My Baby & I?

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists don’t recommend having a home birth, simply because there are always additional risks to labor and delivery that can be unexpected. It would be best and we really recommend you deliver your new baby in a hospital. 

Can I Still Breastfeed My Baby? 

As of right now, nothing suggests that COVID-19 is affecting breast milk. It is still important, now more than ever to breastfeed new babies, because it provides them with so many antibodies to help them fight infections.

How Can I Avoid Passing COVID-19 To My Newborn?

If you have been diagnosed with COVID-19, or are symptomatic but haven’t been diagnosed yet and have a new little one, it’s important to take the same precautions as anyone else would, but strengthen them a bit. 

  • Wash your hands every chance you get
  • Wear a mask while breastfeeding
  • Make sure the baby isn’t exposed to anyone else
  • Wash your hands before and after touching your breast pump
  • Stay clean as much as possible 

What If I Have Other Questions? 

We hope this answered your questions, but if you have any more questions, we encourage you to reach out to us, your healthcare provider or your hospital. The Wright Center For Women’s Health is still open for essential visits, including prenatal visits and telehealth visits. 

Please let us know if you would like to speak to one of our healthcare professionals or schedule a visit with us. Follow us on social media and check out our blog for more information on the Coronavirus, our services, and how we’re staying safe. Stay safe and well!

BioTE Hormone Therapy, the Coronavirus Pandemic and You

If you’re a guest of The Wright Center for Women’s health, chances are you’ve heard us talking about BioTe® Therapy hormone optimization. 

BioTE is designed to deliver biologically identical hormones in the exact and proper amounts determined by our accurate testing and expert analysis of the results. According to patients of this groundbreaking hormone therapy, benefits can include:

  • Boosting immune system health
  • Protecting against respiratory illness
  • Rediscovering mental focus and clarity
  • Protecting against heart disease and stroke
  • Relieving of menopausal and PMS symptoms
  • Preventing osteoporosis, senility and Alzheimer’s disease
  • Improving cholesterol levels, muscle mass and strength

BioTE and Coronavirus

As we continue to navigate our way through the current Coronavirus pandemic we believe BioTE® Therapy to be more important than ever. Why? Because many of the BioTE products contain immune system enhancements such as testosterone and thyroid optimizers — both of which aid the body in creating a healthy immune system. 

Further, BioTE nutraceuticals also contain Vitamins A and D and Zinc, which can help the body defend against respiratory illness.  

BioTE is administered to our patients in a pellet delivery process, which requires office visits for safe and effective injection directly into the bloodstream. For those concerned about whether these treatments are considered an essential service during the pandemic we believe they are and we will continue to see our BioTE patients during this time.

We are also accepting new BioTE patients and may conduct telehealth visits for initial consultations and before comprehensive blood work analysis is ordered.

If you are a current BioTE patient please know The Wright Center is taking all precautionary steps to keep you safe during your visits, including recommended social distancing guidelines, pre-health screenings for patients before they enter the building and staff members fitted with all necessary personal protective equipment. Read more about our safety precautions here

For patients who wish to know more about BioTE Therapy hormone optimization and how it can improve your overall health and well-being, please call our office at 630-687-9595 or complete our online contact form and someone will contact you shortly. 

COVID-19 Updates

The Wright Center for Women’s Health remains open as we closely monitor the detection and spread of Coronavirus-19. There is no need to cancel your appointment unless you are sick with fever, cough, or having trouble breathing. If you are sick with these symptoms, please do not come to the office and call us to let us know at (630) 687-9595. If you have reason to think you might have been exposed to Coronavirus, do not come to the office – please contact us at (630) 687-9595. Please click here for more information.

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